Saturday, June 26, 2010

Opinions wanted. Which website page would you choose?

Hello everyone.  Your assistance is requested and truth be told, needed to help us select which of these two pages should be the home page for the
new Beach and Bauble™ website.  

Our original 2007 site was in need of an overhaul. The problem is we can't decide which one of these we like better for the home page. Sorry for the fuzzy cut from PDF documents photos.   

Please click on the images to enlarge them.




 OR

The center color band will likely change to a different blue 

Which one do you prefer?
Feel free to say why and offer any suggestions.


In the future the other divisions Beach and Bridal™
and
Beach Chic Designs™ founded in 2007
 will be added

Thanks everyone!

All photos copyrighted 2010 by the respective photographers and, or Beach and Bauble™

53 comments:

InMyOwnStyle said...

They each are nice. The only reason I see a benefit in the first is it has the larger center pic and may be needed to show larger items in full. If I had to choose, I like the second one better- it seems easier to navigate.

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

I think I prefer the first one. To me it conveys the beach ambiance best.

MGD {designs and mosaics} said...

2nd choice
more neat and balanced, you can see the title more clearly which is important for someone to connect the title of a blog with an image.
hth

The Cedar Shingled Barn said...

I love them both but seem to be drawn to the first one that shows a beach/water in the background.

XO,
Valerie

Ticking and Toile said...

Hi Rita,
I like the 2nd one! It's perfect ~ I like the Beach & Bauble in the middle. :)

xo,
Shellagh

fairmaiden said...

The first one catches my eye more...I think because it is simplier with less pics and has a softness to it that reminds me of how the sea makes me feel.

But they are both great!

Ooooo...beach bridal!!!

michelle said...

I really like the first one. I think it is the middle picture that caught my eye right away. I also like the 'Beach and Bauble' at the top corner like that.

Cashon&Co said...

ooh, that's a hard one! they both look so good! but i think i like the first one best. but seriously, either one you use will look great.

Elizabeth said...

I really like the econd one with the exception that you need a water scene somehow. I like the Logo in the center where your eyes are drawn to first. The first one is nice, but I don't it sends the message initially that you are selling anything, the pictures are "bam" and they are very gray in hue.

Lynda Howells said...

This is a hard one but l think the second one my friendx thanks for your nice comments on my photo blogxxlynda

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Kamichia @ Glass Float Junkie said...

my vote is for the 2nd one. i think i just like it better. i like the uniformity it has, along with the largest name.

good luck with your decision!

Love of the Sea said...

I like them both a lot - but I think the first one has a cleaner look.

Farmgirl Susan said...

Hi! I just discovered your blog but figured I'd go ahead and put in my two cents. ; )

I like both designs, but I'm thinking the top one would look even better if you took the Beach & Bauble blue stripe from the second layout and put it across the top of the page above the nav bar in place of the smaller logo in the corner. That way you'd have the best of both! :)

1022 Sea Shell Ave said...

I'm thinking the second one at first glance, but both are super :)

Elizabeth said...

I like both! Love the beach&bauble on the second one but have to say the first speaks to me more. I think its because I can see the beach and ocean in the middle picture. But that's just me, I'm sure either one would be perfect :)

reasonably chubby said...

Hey there! I like the first one the best-I think it grabs more attention with the larger picture in the middle. Good Luck with the new web page design!

Annie Louise said...

Howdy,
I vote for the second one love the colors very tranquil, serene and very beachy. In the first one the green eco friendly bag is cute, but for me, it scrambles up the peacefullness of the other beach/pictures that are seen.
Like them both, but the second one is definitely the one I like the best to express all the potential the beach has to offer.
Good luck,
Jeanette

Vanessa said...

The more I look at them, the more torn I get!
But my original first-glance opinion was that I preferred the first one.
Basically, they're both gorgeous!

elle pee said...

I like the top one. It looks more modern and gives you the opportunity to highlight vertical shots. Though, the drawback is that they seem less clickable, more of an imagemap. The advantage is that you can have the same navigation that is on the homepage throught the site. Overall, I vote for the first because of the more modern feel.

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Linda said...

I like the second one~ they both look great, but the second one puts your brand front and center along with the great products...

Loui♥ said...

Hi..
the second one..
cleaner..
easier on the eye..
flows..
warm sandy hugs!
Loui♥

WhiteWhispers2u said...

I think the 2 nd one just Pops! SO I pick # 2~Cheers Kim

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Hi Rita
Well they are both lovely.. but.. #2 is the winner for me. It looks fresh and clean... and the centre band puts our name out there nice and bold!! as it should be! I guess the more uniform look appeals to me also. Good luck with deciding.. xxx Julie

Joni said...

I like the first one best. I like being able to see he beach.

Zaira said...

They're both so lovely. I prefer the second one but the one you choose you can't do wrong!!! Follow your instinct.... xx

cityfarmer said...

... please don't make me chose .... please, no!

simpledaisy said...

The first one definately grabs me more! They are both great but I pick the first one!!!!

annechovie said...

I think that I like the second one best. I hope you have a wonderful week. xx

Burlap Luxe said...

Rita Girl,
I love the first one...It takes my heart with the beach view of the center picture.
I love the beachy driftwood wood tone to the deck and bench and that beach fence is so soulful.

Both are great, but I really love the top one and the eco going green reminds us to buy salvaged and recycle or objects of desire :)

See you soon girl! Hope I was of any help!
xx
Dore

Starfish and Sundresses said...

They're both gorgeous but my votes for number 1! Hope you had a great weekend. xx

Denise said...

they are both great......I like the first one best....

Burlap Luxe said...

Hi Rita, I am back...
I still love the first one, but an added thought you could add your Logo name on the deck of the middle beach picture.

You know they both are really great! try to do an over lay of your title logo name on it and see if we all like it then :)

I just want to walk right off the beach and start shopping :)
xx
Dore

La Dolfina said...

I vote for the first one. What does your gut tell you? It looks like you can't go wrong with either from the sound of it :)
Hope you had a super weekend!
xx

sealaura said...

I prefer the second one because it showcases your products and the name of your business. IT is imortant to have your name stick. I agree with some of the others as far as needing a water image. hope this helps! look forward to reading your answers to my questionnaire :)

Shellbelle said...

Hi Rita, As a beach lover, I prefer the first one. Anything with a photo of a beach instantly draws my attention and makes me read more.

I'm sure you don't know that I'm a graphic designer, but I am. I took both of these, cropped them and did just a bit of rearranging to incorporate what I think is the best of both. I'm going to email it to you, so you can see what I think.

Privet and Holly said...

You KNOW what I like: to see the water!!!
So, I naturally gravitated toward the first one.
I like the comment above, though; if you could
take the best of both, that would be amazing.
It will be fun to see what you come up with!
xx Suzanne

Debra W said...

I really like the second one because it not only showcases your lovely photos, but as soon as you look at it, you can easily identify the site name.

Best of luck!

Beach Vintage said...

Hi Rita. I really like the second option. Good luck deciding!

Norell said...

Love the 2nd one!!

theoldboathouse said...

Hi Rita. I like them both but I think it is the first one because of the centre pick that because of its size and depth really pulls at the the heart and draws the eye to the sea where the inspiration all comes from after all. The second one is lovely but a bit less dramatic for my eye....will now check out what everyone else thinks...I didn't want them to influence my first impressions, cheers Katherine

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

Both are lovely, but my vote goes goes to number #2.

Hugs,
Anne

Sally Lee by the Sea said...

Goodness, you are going to have a difficult task. I was immediately drawn to the second one. I love the blue stripe with your business name. Just saw your post about the Ishkabbible dress and I'm so excited that you're getting one. Can't wait to see a photo :O)

Have a beachy week...

Marie @ Sally Lee by the Sea

FairfieldHouse said...

As a seller I like the second, your name appears front and center. As a buyer, I prefer the first. The photos are larger.

cityfarmer said...

okay, if you insist... I adore #1

sealaura said...

Hi Rita!! come visit my blog today, i've had a great response to your shop!

A Gift Wrapped Life said...

Just a thought........like the photos in the first one but like the visual of the logo in the second one, any way to combine? Hope this helps, have a great holiday weekend (and beach and bridal sounds interesting). XO

"Cottage By The Sea" said...

Hard choice but I'm chosing the second one. I like the balance of it and the banner really makes your name stand out. Either way, nice layouts.

Heaven's Walk said...

Ok....I love the first one because of the beach/water scene in the center. It drew my eye there right away. But the second one's title is easier to see.... But both are beautiful!!!

xoxo laurie@heavenswalk

Candi said...

Love them both! If I have to choose I'd have to say number 1!

Lisha said...

Oh...they both are nice but I prefer the second one~~~~Lisha

Bobbie said...

I definitely prefer the first one, tho only after clicking them each. As a small sample the organization of the second one is more appealing..But when enlarged the first one allows you in where the second one pushes you back.

thecuckooclock said...

definitely the first one :)

NanaDiana said...

My background/schooling is in marketing...although that is not what I do today. But, if I emotionally detach from the two and look at them objectively...I would say the first one. Part of is that you have a larger center frame and people like to find something that they immediately identify with (rather than sorting through 6 objects of equal dimensions)...but also...because the first one with the bench invites you IN-come, sit, connect, enjoy. So that's what this little ole person has to say- Love them no matter what you decide.

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